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House lawmakers close to net neutrality bill

The House Commerce committee is getting close to crafting net neutrality legislation that would give the Federal Communications Commission authority for two years to enforce existing guidelines but leave out some key provisions pushed by public interest groups and some Internet companies.

By Cecelia Kang  | September 17, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Net Neutrality  
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Silicon Valley firms, Justice Department near agreement on hiring investigation

Several high-tech firms are nearing an agreement on hiring practices that would appease federal antitrust regulators who have been investigating allegations that those firms have agreed not to poach one another's employees to keep wages down. The Justice Department has...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 16, 2010; 11:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust, Apple, Google  
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Skyhook sues Google amid greater federal antitrust scrutiny

Skyhook Wireless sued Google on Wednesday, alleging the Internet giant unfairly pressured Motorola and other Skyhook partners to stop using Skyhook’s location-based mobile software.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 16, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust, Google, Mobile  
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White House to announce $5 million science, math, tech education initiative

The White House Thursday afternoon will announce a $5 million nonprofit initiative led by high-tech CEOs aimed at bringing more math and science education programs to high-need schools. Change the Equation, founded by former astronaut Sally Ride, Intel Chairman Craig...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 16, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Craigslist says it shut down U.S. adult services ads for good

Craigslist, the world's biggest classified Web site, said Wednesday it has no plans to reinstall the adult services category that it took down more than a week ago amid pressure by law enforcement and anti-prostitution groups.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 15, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Online sex ads market to reach $63 million this year, report says

The online sex advertising market is expected to reach $63 million this year, with Craigslist accounting for about 70 percent of that revenue, according to projections by research firm Advanced Interactive Media Group.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 15, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Google, Kids Online  
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Pressure grows for Craigslist to take down all adult services ahead of hearing

Several anti-trafficking groups sent a letter to Craigslist’s founder and chief executive, asking for the popular classified Web site to cease all adult services ads around the world. The letter, signed by the Polaris Project, National Organization of Women and...

By Cecilia Kang  | September 14, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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High-tech jobs up slightly, showing glimmers of recovery

The high-tech industry added 30,200 jobs in the first half of 2010, showing glimmers of recovery after job losses over the last year, according to data analyzed by trade group TechAmerica. The group said the number of total high-tech industry...

By Cecelia Kang  | September 14, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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One-third cell phone users have apps, but few using them: Pew, Nielsen surveys

Thirty-five percent of adult cellphone users have apps to book a table at a restaurant, check in with friends on Facebook and find their way through GPS maps. But only one-quarter of those cellphone owners are using those apps. Taking pictures and text messaging remain the most popular things to do with wireless gadgets, according to two surveys released Tuesday.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 14, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Facebook, Mobile  
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Craigslist to appear before House hearing on sex trafficking

An official from Craigslist will appear before federal lawmakers on Wednesday for a hearing on sex trafficking, following its surprising move one week ago to take down adult services ads on its classified Web site. It will be the first...

By Cecelia Kang  | September 13, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Haystack stops tests of Iran anti-censor software amid security concerns

Haystack, a company that has created software designed to circumvent Iranian government censors, has stopped testing its program amid criticism of faulty security. Haystack founder Austin Heap said in an interview Monday that concerns about how his much touted software program works and whether it's secure were “valid.” “For the time being, we are going to stop human testing and rely instead on machine testing,” Heap said.

By Cecilia Kang  | September 13, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  International  
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FCC move to release White Spaces spectrum has tech firms dreaming of wireless boom

In the paper today By Cecilia Kang Sunday, September 12, 2010; 8:54 PM Entire towns linked to the Web as giant hot spots with seamless wireless connections. Internet-connected refrigerators that monitor when it's time to get more milk and eggs....

By Cecilia Kang  | September 13, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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